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germinal 1

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːmɪn(ə)l/


1Relating to or of the nature of a germ cell or embryo.
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  • In germinal lineages, replicative insertions are frequent, occurring in premeiotic, meiotic, and postmeiotic cells, while excision events are rare.
  • An emerging constant among vertebrates is the presence of a germinal epithelium composed of somatic and germ cells in both males and females.
  • DNA from 11 independent germinal revertants was cloned and sequenced.
1.1In the earliest stage of development: a germinal idea
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  • She's currently putting together a collection of fiction that includes these pieces, and a second novel is in the germinal stage.
  • Regulation can determine where germinal technologies develop and how publicly they are used, but resistance is futile, since it is impossible to stop the technology everywhere.
  • While germinal creativity produces unique ideas, the child may not yet have the ability to execute them well or communicate them clearly to others.
1.2Providing material for future development: de Beauvoir’s germinal book The Second Sex
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  • Indeed, it is significant that in this book, Smith's interpretation of Marx is in part derived from Bertell Oilman's germinal book Alienation.
  • In Berlin's germinal article, he uses the term epistemology, and scholars in composition studies have followed suit.
  • Franck often starts with a germinal motif from which the rest of the material develops.



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  • Aside from that, it creates illusions of vertical solidarity, when what we need are new forms of horizontal solidarity, germinally represented in the World and European Social Forums.
  • Most of the transposable elements used as markers tend to transpose late in development, and transposed elements are rarely transmitted germinally.
  • Each allele is germinally and somatically stable in the absence of Ac but is unstable in the presence of Ac, typical of Ds-containing alleles.


Early 19th century: from Latin germen, germin- 'sprout, seed' + -al.

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There are 2 main definitions of germinal in English:

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Germinal 2

Pronunciation: /ˈdʒəːmɪn(ə)l/


The seventh month of the French Republican calendar (1793–1805), originally running from 21 March to 19 April.
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  • Out went the old months - January to December - and in came Vendémiaire, Brumaire, Frimaire, Nivôse, Pluviôse, Ventôse, Germinal, Floréal, Prairial, Messidor, Thermidor and Fructidor.
  • A further law of 18 Germinal of the following year provided for the decimalisation of the new currency and the naming of it as the ‘franc’.
  • These ideas had a wide influence on the creation of the Franc Germinal (17 Germinal an XI, 7 April 1803) and on the law granting the Banque de France its monopoly on issuing banknotes.
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